Staff profile - Lyn Harrison

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AsPr Lyn Harrison

Position: Associate Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts and Education
Department: SoE Arts & Ed
Campus: ic3.506, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 71494 +61 3 522 71494



  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Deakin University, 1991
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 1995


Australian Association for Research in Education

The Sociological Association of Australia

Professional activities

Assessor/reviewer for VicHealth, ARC and NH&MRC grants as well as Honours, Masters and Doctoral theses.



Teaching Interests

Sexuality Education

Social Justice

Program Evaluation

Research Methodology

Expertise categories

Knowledge areas

Health and Wellbeing

Gender and Sexuality

Qualitative Research Methods

Young People and Risk

Postmodern theories

Program Evaluation

Related Links

Deakin Research Online - Lyn Harrison


Research projects

  • Engaging young people in Sexuality Education Project: ARC Linkage Grant in partnership with UniSA.
  • Capacity Building and Social Enterprise: ARC Linkage Grant in partnership with Mission Australia
  • Exploring the impact of an intensive mode of delivery of Sexuality Education

Research interests

* Health and Wellbeing
* Gender and Sexuality
* Qualitative Research Methods (including ethnography)
* Young people and risk discourses
* Postmodern theories

Research grants

Ollis, D. & Harrison, L. (2014). Docs and Teens Health Literacy and Community Access Evaluation. Barwon Medicare Local, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West Inc. & Headspace Geelong, $30,922.
Harrison, L. (2014). Sanctuary Research Evaluation Project. Sanctuary Counselling Service, $10,000.
Hickey, C., Harrison, L., Mooney, A. & Ollis, D. (2014). Building Respectful Relationships in Women’s Cricket. Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricket Association, $25,000.
Johnson, B., Harrison, L., Ollis, D., Calabretto, H. McLaughlin, C. & Flentje, J. (2013). Turning Them On: Engaging Young People in Disrupting Silences About Their Sexual Wellbeing. ARC Linkage Grant Scheme with UniSA, Deakin University and Shine SA, $150,000.
Ollis, D. & Harrison L. (2012). with Victorian DEECD. Preparing Our Pre-service Teachers to Teach Sexuality Education. Department of Health, Victoria $80,000

Research groups

Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation

Emerging Research Group: Sport, Culture and Social Change

Research page



Latest Publications:

Research reports

Johnson, B., Harrison. L., Ollis, D., Flentje, J., Arnold, P. and Bartholomaeus, C. (2016), ‘It is not all about sex: Young people’s views about sexuality and relationships education, Report of Stage 1 of the Engaging Young People in Sexuality Education Research Project. Adelaide: University of South Australia.

Harrison, L., Ollis, D. and Savige, G. (2016), ‘Young People, Health and Service Access: Sustainable health promotion and practice in schools? Research report for Women’s Health and Wellbeing: Barwon South West inc. and headspace Geelong. Deakin University.

Harrison, L., Hickey, C. and Campbell, P. (2015)  ‘Capacity Building and Social Enterprise: Individual and organizational transformation in a transitional labour market program’, Deakin University Research report in partnership with Mission Australia and Charcoal Lane.

Ollis, D., Harrison, L. & Maharaj, C. (2013). Sexuality Education Matters: Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Teach Sexuality Education. Melbourne: Deakin University, Burwood.

Ollis, D. Harrison, L. & Richardson, A. (2012). Building Capacity in Sexuality Education: The Northern Bay College Experience. Melbourne: Deakin University.
Campbell, P. Kelly, P. & Harrison, L. (2012). The Problem of Aboriginal Marginalisation: Education, Labour Markets and Social and Emotional Well-Being. Alfred Deakin Research Institute Working Paper Series Three (No. 31). Geelong, VIC: Deakin University.

Book Chapters

Harrison, L. & Ollis, D. (2015). Young people, pleasure, and the normalization of pornography: sexual health and wellbeing in a time of proliferation. In J. Wyn & H. Cahill (Eds) Handbook of Children and Youth Studies. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4451-96-3_13-1.
Harrison, L., Kelly, P. & Campbell, P. (2015), Food and passion: technologies of self-transformation in Jamie’s Kitchen. In E. Swan & R. Flowers (Eds) Critical Food Studies. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Refereed Journal Articles

Ollis, D. & Harrison, L. (2016). Lessons in building capacity in sexuality education using the Health Promoting School Framework: from planning to implementation. Health Education (special issue on the Health Promoting School).

Harrison, L. & Ollis, D. (2015). Stepping out of our comfort zones: an examination of pre-service teachers’ responses to a critical analysis of gender/power relations in sexuality education. Sex Education.

Kelly, P., Campbell, P. & Harrison, L. (2013). “Don’t be a smart arse”: transitional labour market programs as neo-liberal technologies of the self. British Journal of Sociology of Education. DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.829744.

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